United Nations Ocean Conference

The UN Ocean Conference aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) and reverse the decline of ocean health for the benefit of humanity by identifying solutions and engaging all stakeholders: Governments, Research institutes, civil society, industry and ordinary citizens.

UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will fully engage in the conference through various elements, including participation in the Partnership Dialogues (PD), contributions to the “Call for Action” outcome document, the launch of several voluntary commitments, organization of official side events and exhibits, and the hosting of a televised panel discussion and gala event.

UNESCO's IOC encourages participating countries to support its proposal for for an International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) in the "Call for Action" as a clear, future-looking and actionable outcome of the conference. We call on countries and stakeholders to support this multi-stakeholder initiative as a framework for promoting investments and consolidating advances in ocean observations and research needed to achieve SDG14.

This page is your portal for UNESCO's participation in the UN Ocean Conference. You will find here our programme of side events, multimedia and promotional resources, relevant publications, and continuous news updates.

For all official conference documents and agenda, please visit The UN Ocean Conference Official Website

During the Conference, follow @IocUnesco and our Facebook page for live coverage of key events!  

Whether in New York City or online, we look forward to joining you at the UN Ocean Conference to #SavetheOcean!